In a rare instance of mutual outrage, President Trump and Rep. Ilhan Omar are both slamming MSNBC host Joy Reid for her controversial claims during Tuesday night’s episode of her show about “the way Muslims act.”
Reid, who took over the 7 p.m. hour of the network’s primetime lineup in July, is facing backlash over remarks she made while examining violence committed by Trump supporters, and his alleged unwillingness to denounce them.
The MSNBC host noted that the president liked a tweet praising accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse and would not condemn his supporters for shooting paintball guns and mace at racial justice agitators in Portland, before attempting to argue that Trump was radicalizing his base.
“When leaders — let’s say in the Muslim world talk a lot of violent talk and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence including on their own bodies in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy, we in the U.S. media describe that as they are radicalizing these people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people. That’s how we talk about the way Muslims act,” Reid said.
“When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?” she then asked.
After making the remarks, viewers and lawmakers alike were quick to express their outrage at the comments.
Omar (D-Minn.), a member of “The Squad” of progressive lawmakers and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, took to Twitter soon after seeing Reid’s comments.
“Honestly, this kinda of casual Islamophobia is hurtful and dangerous,” she wrote, “We deserve better and an apology for the painful moment for so many Muslims around our country should be forthcoming.”
President Trump, who has been in multiple feuds with “The Squad,” echoed Omar’s sentiments in his own tweet posted early Wednesday morning.
“Like Fredo at Fake News @CNN, the very untalented Joy Reid should be fired for this horrible use of the words ‘Muslim Terrorists’. Such xenophobia and racism on MSDNC. Anyone else would be gone, and fast!!!” he wrote on the social media platform.
Fellow “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also said she was pained by the remarks, calling Reid someone she admired and demanding an apology.
“Words matter and these words feed into the harmful anti-Muslim rhetoric & actions that we continue to see in this country. It is even more painful to hear it from someone I admire,” Tlaib wrote, “We deserve an apology.”
Reid is no stranger to controversy. In 2018, a 2006 post on her now-defunct ReidBlog resurfaced where she peddled a conspiratorial 9/11 film that labeled the terrorist attacks an inside job – encouraging followers to watch “Loose Change,” a film produced in part by Infowars’ Alex Jones.
“The fundamental question is: do you believe the official story of 9/11?” Reid’s post read.
“If you do, great. If you don’t, then everything that happened after that is called into serious question. Even if you’re agnostic, or you tend to believe that al-Qaida attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon and that the government had no warning such a thing could happen, it’s worth taking a second look.”
In 2017, Reid also came under fire when she made anti-gay remarks, admitting she was “probably” homophobic. She initially said she had been hacked and demanded an FBI investigation into the matter, but later apologized.
The blog read in part, “Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing… Most straight people had a hard time being convinced to watch ‘Broke Back Mountain.’ (I admit that I couldn’t go see the movie either, despite my sister’s ringing endorsement, because I didn’t want to watch the two male characters having sex.) Does that make me homophobic? Probably.”
A spokesperson for MSNBC could not immediately be reached by The Post for comment.
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